FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron signed five decrees yesterday tearing up workers’ rights and giving a boost to big business.
Trade unions and left-wing forces have staged a series of massive protests and strikes against the labour law changes, which make it easier to sack workers, hamstring collective bargaining and limit compensation for wrongful dismissal, among other things.
Mr Macron said yesterday that the first measures will start being applied next week and all will be implemented by the end of the year.
Mr Macron threatened an “unprecedented wave of changes” to workers’ rights in France, alongside other attacks on unemployment benefits.
Opponents have denounced Mr Macron’s use of powers that let him avoid parliamentary debate.
Left-wing MP Jean-Luc Melenchon criticised Mr Macron as “authoritarian” and called for a big protest in Paris on Saturday. “I think these measures can be withdrawn,” he said.